Mini 'Beast from the East' to hit Northern Ireland with snow and ice on its way
After a patch of relatively mild weather, winter temperatures are set to return - with a cold snap dubbed the 'mini Beast from the East' on course to hit Northern Ireland over the weekend.
In some parts of the United Kingdom temperatures are expected to drop as low as -7C, with conditions in Northern Ireland reaching -4C.
As much as 4cm of snow is expected in different parts of the nation, and as much as 20cm of snow falling on higher ground.
A yellow snow and ice warning is in place for Saturday evening and Sunday morning for Northern Ireland, with southern parts of the province affected.
A warning for just ice will hit commuters early next week, coming into effect just after midnight on Sunday and lasting until 10am.
Travel delays on road and rail travel are likely, with icy surfaces increasing the risk of accidents and injuries.
Northern Ireland will miss the worst of the severe conditions, with amber warnings for snow and ice in place for parts of England on Saturday and Sunday.
Meteorologist Martin Bowles said the weekend’s weather could be dubbed a “mini beast from the east”.
He said: “We don’t expect anything like the same impact as a result of it, although there will be some snow about.”
Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: “The best way to describe this is as a real return to wintry conditions.
“The last couple of days have been quite mild across parts of the UK – we got to around 16C yesterday in Wales – but by tomorrow (Saturday) all of us will be back to very cold weather.
“Bitterly cold is the best way to describe it – temperatures on the face of it probably just around freezing but with wind it’s going to feel well below freezing.”
Belfast Telegraph Digital